We’re still over 6 months away from the return of Stranger Things, the sci-fi/horror megahit that took the world by storm in 2016. And while plot details for Season 2 have been kept closely guarded secrets, details are emerging. Stranger Things composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein recently participated in a panel at SXSW where they (perhaps inadvertently) revealed we’ll be spending significantly more time in The Upside Down, that sinister netherworld that was home to the hideous Demogorgon!
“There are new characters, fun, and the Upside-Down will be more of a place… you’ll spend more time,” said Dixon. “So we’ll make a lot more weird music this time around.”
So what exactly is The Upside Down? The series makes it clear that this is an alternate dimension, but is it a different world, or a future version of our own earth? Was it always a hellish psychedelic nightmare world, or was it corrupted by an evil interloper? Whether these questions will find answers in Season 2 remains to be seen—just don’t expect fans speculation and conjecture to die down anytime soon!
Even member of the cast is getting in on the action! Check out Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp sharing some of their own theories:
Here’s what we know about Stranger Things Season 2 so far:
Joyce (Winona Ryder), is attempting to make things stable for Will and his brother, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and she is dating an old high school classmate, Bob (The Goonies’ Sean Astin). “She’s trying to mask a lot,” explains Ryder. “I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.”
Meanwhile, Hopper (David Harbour) is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids. “It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen and this didn’t happen,’” says Harbour. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.” Siblings Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike are also much changed and mourning the (seeming) deaths of friends Barb and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). “She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says co-creator Ross Duffer. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Shaking up the dynamics in Hawkins is the arrival of another brother-sister duo, Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and Max (Sadie Sink). While Max becomes pals with the boys and attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin (played by actors Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo), Billy doesn’t exactly make friends. Teases Matt Duffer, “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”